Siobhán Hapaska’s practice continually reconsiders human relations and the role of the object in contemporary sculpture. Her sculptural works combine contrasting elements to generate distinct associations, where these disparate materials can range from deerskin to olive trees and from steel gas pipes to synthetic yarn and wool.
Since the mid-1990s, Hapaska has incorporated a diverse vocabulary of materials to construct complex, unique and imaginative assemblages often charged with socio-political issues. Responding to the turbulence of our current global condition and its often violent and conflicting ideologies, Hapaska’s work strives to find a position of balance and a sense of equilibrium. For her exhibition at John Hansard Gallery, Hapaska will create a series of new sculptural and wall-based works as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18 programme.
Image: Siobhán Hapaska, Snake and Apple, 2017, aluminium, artificial snakeskin, fibreglass, two-pack acrylic paint, lacquer, 159 x 169 x 66 cm / 62.6 x 66.5 x 26 in. Courtesy Artist and Kerlin Gallery.